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Landmarks in stupidity

Friday, June 15th, 2007

DNA

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity … and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

Received a link this morning to a PBS news report¬†‘Landmark’ Study Changes Long-held DNA Beliefs¬†posted yesterday. The report begins:

“A four-year international study of the human genome has prompted scientists to rethink some of their most basic ideas about how DNA functions.

“The researchers found that individual genes interact with one another in more complex ways than previously suspected. They also found that large stretches of DNA once called “junk DNA” because they had no known purpose may actually play a significant role in regulating biological processes.”

Is this really any surprise? What seems far more incredible is that scientists should have possessed the arrogance and ignorance to label sections of DNA as ‘junk’ just because they had no idea what its function was!



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